- Associated Press - Friday, April 14, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Martin’s Food Markets will lay off hundreds at the last three stores to close before being converted to Publix Super Markets.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/2oyyFsm ) two stores will lay off 138 and 141 employees, respectively. The third store has yet to announce layoff numbers.

Ten Martin’s stores in the area have been sold to Florida-based Publix, which will renovate and reopen the stores. The other seven stores laid off a combine 1,100 employees in November and February.

Publix will also construct another store. Of the nine area Martin’s stores not sold to Publix, one will close as its lease expires, but the fates of the other eight are unknown.

Martin’s sold the stores to comply with federal antitrust regulations after the parent companies of Martin’s and Food Lion merged.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, https://www.timesdispatch.com

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